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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12210 on: January 05, 2013, 12:42:30 AM »
Wreck-It-Ralph - Extremely fun! Really impressed me!
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12211 on: January 06, 2013, 10:12:16 AM »
The Bourne Legacy

First half was fairly boring.  And all the scenes with the government people were just terrible, way worse than the previous 3 movies.  All the cutting back and forth between that crappy stuff and the scenes in Alaska killed what was good about the Alaska stuff.

And the scene with the doctor was just so obvious, milked to the last second, the entire time I was thinking OK, when is "new Bourne" going to show up.  And of course he does, then the movie picks up nicely, except again all the scenes with the government people, those are terrible throughout the movie.

So it's half good half stinker.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12212 on: January 06, 2013, 10:21:49 AM »
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

I've never seen a Werner Herzog film before, but if they're anything like this, I look forward to seeing them.  This has a reputation for being crazy, but only in parts.  Really, it's a very clever crime film with a complex and scummy protagonist who does some awful stuff (he doesn't kill anyone but that seems to be the only off limits thing) and is terribly corrupt, but at the same time surprisingly competent as a cop.  This is the aspect that makes the movie and Nic Cage's character fascinating (and it allows him to be ridiculous in weird in a way that completely works for the film); by all logic he seems set to self-destruct but somehow... doesn't.  He's certainly not better man by the film's end (though it almost seems like he'd like to be) or even on the road there, but we do see that he has a certain brilliance that allows him to continue to indulge in his nasty and selfish behaviour.  A really compelling crime flick.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12213 on: January 06, 2013, 05:57:48 PM »
Wind and the Lion

Certainly not an accurate historical recreation of events, but it's still a very good film.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12214 on: January 06, 2013, 06:02:32 PM »
Inglourious Basterds - First time since seeing it at the cinema (Simply because we have a very difficult time finding the time to watch a longer movie like that). Really enjoyed seeing it again, Incredible that it doesn't feel longer or bloated at any point.

I am very mixed on QT, but this movie is an incredible work.

Looking forward to Django coming out here.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12215 on: January 06, 2013, 08:14:56 PM »

I am very mixed on QT, but this movie is an incredible work.

Yeah, it's a really strong movie, and I love the fact that it's basically a film that takes on an idea of art as a way to communicate hate... without condemning it.  Most people wouldn't be able to make it work and it would feel cynical, but IB hits it out of the park.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12216 on: January 06, 2013, 10:29:39 PM »
Saw the Hobbit.  I'll be damned, I enjoyed it! I think going in with absolutely dismal expectations helped, but I really quite liked all the principals. Martin Freeman can carry the role in a way that Elijah Wood never could, and it was nice seeing a lot more of Gandalf.  Plus I enjoyed that Elrond as a Prick didn't seem to show up until the LOTR movies.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12217 on: January 06, 2013, 11:00:36 PM »
The Lookout is the crime film as character study, as brain injury victim Joseph Gordon-Levitt is suckered into a bank heist by bad companions Matthew Goode and Isla Fisher. The crime film plot is expertly mounted, but nothing particularly special. The character work is what makes the film tick. Gordon-Levitt provides another superior performance as our memory-impaired lead, adding to his cache as one of the best young actors. Goode is simultaneously charismatic and slimy. The background is populated by interesting actors like Jeff Daniels, Bruce McGill, Carla Gugino, and Alberta Watson.

This is one of those movies where, if you like watching people--especially when they're put in the crucible--then you'll groove on the movie. If you're there for the plot, you might be disappointed. I liked it a lot.

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1984's Body Double is the director's most vicious hate note to Hollywood, and the more you know about movies, about De Palma's movies in particular, and about critics, the funnier it is. I can only imagine the glee in De Palma's black little heart as he assembled the critical blurbs for his in-film porno movie, "Holly Does Hollywood."

Sometimes, the film is blatant about what's it's really about: the swinging door with the mirror during the porno shoot is a good example--revealing the film crew. Sometimes it's subtle. During the front credits, the main title is superimposed on a desert vista that is promptly picked up and carried away by workmen on a movie set, and right after the credits, Craig Wasson's character is shown driving a car with a rear projection that's just bad enough to call attention to itself if you're looking for it (in 1984? Really? Hence the cognitive dissonance). And the film invites--nay, compels--the audience to look.

One thing that never struck me until my most recent viewing is that it's a sly quasi-remake of Blow Out. The details are different, as is the tone, but the broad outlines are the same. This has to be some kind of post-modernist coup: a director quasi-remaking his own quasi-remake of another film. It makes the head spin. And then, the coup de grace. De Palma deconstructs the shower opening of Dressed to Kill by setting up a nearly identical scene over his end-credits, then showing you the results, all laid bare like a pathologist leaving a cadaver gaping wide on the table for a medical class to examine.

I think this is one of De Palma's most underestimated films. It's actually kind of a masterpiece.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12218 on: January 07, 2013, 08:19:05 PM »
Frankenweenie.

Was OK. (The best thing Burton has done since the 90s unless Dark Shadows is surprising)

Most of the character designs were really dull. Like the drawings the girls in art class would draw, though I really liked the mayor and also the cat.

The things it is referencing are all going to mean nothing to a young audience though, and I'm not sure that someone that doesn't get the references will have as good a time.

But in the end, I thought it was pretty good.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12219 on: January 09, 2013, 08:37:10 PM »
I watched The Great Escape last night... holy hell is THAT a great film. You never find that much talent packed into one movie anymore... mostly because with very few exceptions, it just doesn't exist anymore. Richard Attenborough, James Gardner, Steve Mcqueen, Donald Pleasance, David Mccallum, Charles Bronson, James Coburn!!! This movie rocks. And yes, I am well aware that the "Great escape"
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... but this film is so well made, so entertaining, so fun and so fascinating and so damn well cast... it doesn't matter. I love this film.  ;D


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12220 on: January 09, 2013, 09:55:01 PM »
John Dies at the End

Very strange. Almost a mashup of The Matrix and Evil Dead. I was hoping it would be more mind-bending, but it just ended up more goofy. It helps to have some heavyweights like Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown.  Definatly low budget, but not too distracting.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12221 on: January 09, 2013, 10:39:28 PM »
John Dies at the End

Very strange. Almost a mashup of The Matrix and Evil Dead. I was hoping it would be more mind-bending, but it just ended up more goofy. It helps to have some heavyweights like Paul Giamatti and Chance Brown.  Definatly low budget, but not too distracting.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12222 on: January 10, 2013, 04:02:59 AM »
Really hitting the movies hard lately:

Crack in the World - 60s disaster movie about scientists who open up - yep, you guessed it - a Crack In The World.  Not bad, but pretty generic.

Toxic Avenger II
- Toxie goes to Japan in search of his father.  Shitty, but just like other Troma movies, it has charming too.

Toxic Avenger III
- Toxie is corrupted by money! Not as good as the second one.

10 to Midnight - Charles Bronson in a cop-revenge thriller.  Bad, with an incredibly dubious moral viewpoint.

Daddy's Dyin' - Who's Got the Will?
- Comedy drama with the lovely Beverly D'Angelo about a family who come together when their father is about to die, and then spend the entire time bickering with each other.  Should've been funnier.

Saturday the 14th - Awful horror spoof which is a waste of the talents of the people involved.

Stuart Little 1 and 2 - Sweet, sometimes too sweet, kids movies with a family adopting a talking mouse.  Buoyed by good performances from Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, and Michael J Fox.

Caged - Early women in prison film that earned lead actress Eleanor Parker an Oscar.  The basis for all those quasi-lesbian exploitation films are right here.

Stuart Saves His Family - Al Franken takes his SNL character into a movie and I enjoyed it a whole lot more than I thought I would. 


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12223 on: January 10, 2013, 09:06:32 AM »
John Dies at the End

Very strange. Almost a mashup of The Matrix and Evil Dead. I was hoping it would be more mind-bending, but it just ended up more goofy. It helps to have some heavyweights like Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown.  Definatly low budget, but not too distracting.

So it -wasn't- the strangest movie ever? Well, who would've guessed that Doc Who would be wrong?

Amazingly, it was just him!


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12224 on: January 10, 2013, 02:57:52 PM »
Never heard of it, love the title though

Picked up Frankenweenie and Ten Years today.  Look forward to watching them later
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